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Gravity from the Ground Up: An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity (Anglais) Relié – 4 décembre 2003

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'A marvellous work! What strikes me is its immense range and its solid authority. For me this will be a great resource of encyclopedic knowledge, powerful models, and balanced judgement about our Universe.' Edwin F. Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'… this splendid book … is in fact a guide to everything that is needed to understand astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology …' Physics World

'This beautifully produced book is evidently the result of a labour of love … Schutz writes for people who not only want to be amazed but who also want to know how it is that scientists know all the amazing things they talk about on beautifully make documentaries.' CERN Courier.com

'This book is difficult to put down … The ratio of kg to £ makes it a bargain in any company of books and its contents emphasise its value in no uncertain terms … this presentation of its influence will even enlighten many who believe themselves to be already well versed in the subject … As a whole it is the work of a master teacher, authoritative and encyclopaedic and likely to give the average enthusiast many years of real pleasure.' Astronomy Now

'… the work of a master teacher, authoritative and encyclopaedic and likely to give the average enthusiast many years of real pleasure.' Astronomy Now

'Altogether, this is a very illuminating work … The general reader will profit from the well thought-out representation, and the specialist will find many original new view-points for looking at well-known facts.' General Relativity and Gravitation

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This book invites the reader to understand our Universe, not just marvel at it. From the clock-like motions of the planets to the catastrophic collapse of a star into a black hole, gravity controls the Universe. Gravity is central to modern physics, helping to answer the deepest questions about the nature of time, the origin of the Universe and the unification of the forces of nature. Linking key experiments and observations through careful physical reasoning, the author builds the reader's insight step-by-step from simple but profound facts about gravity on Earth to the frontiers of research. Topics covered include the nature of stars and galaxies, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, gravitational waves, inflation and the Big Bang. Suitable for general readers and for undergraduate courses, the treatment uses only high-school level mathematics, supplemented by optional computer programs, to explain the laws of physics governing gravity.

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  • Relié: 490 pages
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press (4 décembre 2003)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0521455065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521455060
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,3 x 2,7 x 25,3 cm
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I did like the book very much, offers broad overiew and lot of insight into the matter,
Special relativity is handled quite profound, however space-time curvature in the
presence of gravity remains in my opinion at too high level. The author tried to avoid
using the differencial geometry and tensor calculus in dealing with the matter.
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Nearly perfect 31 octobre 2004
Par physics - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is possibly the best book i own. The book basically covers "all" the important topics in gravity, cosmology and astrophysics. For example equivalence principle, general relativity, gravitational waves, neutron stars, black holes, even a bit of quantum gravity (especially in last chapter) etc etc.

Though i must warn that anyone who reads this book might accidentally turn into a theoretical physicist. Its that fascinating/exciting really and it really makes one feel that this is a special time in theoretical physics (waiting for quantum gravity and new astronomical observations and theories). In this respect it is somewhat similar to popular books.

But i wouldnt call this a popular science book, since it goes deeper into things. For example i have Schutz's "First course in general relativity" and i think that up to the chapter on Einstein's equation it is easier than this. The reason is probably that this book doesnt use explicit calculus (well in a way it does with finite differences) or tensors; for example the chapter dealing with differential geometry and general relativity was pretty difficult to understand without tensors, but it gives very nice intuitive understanding for differential geometry/general relativity. There were other places were i understood something i havent really ever understood but was well explained here. All in all, this is an excellent book on gravity and cosmology and i recommend it to anyone.
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This book makes me happy 6 mai 2005
Par E. Debie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I wanted to understand relativity, and tried many books. Up to know i met two kinds of books, the ones which i could not understand because they are to difficult, and the ones with a minimum of math, which are incomplete and oversimplified. I did not understand everything (e,g the Einstein equation and tensors) but most of this book gives me a deep insight in the beauty of relativity, cosmology and astronomy in a way no other book has done.
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A real treasure 3 août 2006
Par John F. Leamons - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
How many authors of popular science books begin their books by boasting that they can teach real science to readers who have no math--or no math beyond basic algebra? And then what do you get? Either a tub full of metaphors sloshing about promiscuously or else a math course so compressed it would leave Newton saying, "Duh?" But not in this book. Bernard Schutz takes the reader by the hand and leads him gently on. There is scarcely a bump in the road; yet, by the end of the book, you've not only learned a good deal of physics, astrophysics and cosmology, you've also gotten an inkling of how a physicist thinks. How does Schutz manage to succeed where failure is the rule? Well, partly by magic, I think. But partly by the clever use of simple computer simulations (downloadable for free) and partly by means of a very carefully thought out pedagogical strategy. This gentleman is a teacher par excellence. If you're only going to read one science book in your life, read this one. Just be prepared to spend some time with it.
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Gravity 19 janvier 2008
Par reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a truly wonderful book. It is suitable for those with little physics and math backgrounds as well as those with more. It is, in fact, incredible how much one can learn here with so little math about topics normally associated with advanced math. In addition to learning many new things, I got great new insights into what I thought I already knew.

I went to this book to learn about general relativity and cosmology. I got that and so much more. The book covers many fascinating topics about the earth, the solar system, galaxies, and brings in physics concepts when they are needed. A recurring theme is the effect of gravity and what resists gravity. So, e.g., white dwarfs are explained by quantum effects resisting complete collapse due to gravity. In addition to learning a lot about general relativity, you get introduced to some aspects of mechanics, statistical mechanics and quantum theory. All this while learning a great deal about astronomy and cosmology.

Calculus isn't required and most of the demonstrations are done with physical arguments, analogies, and simple algebra. Computer programs are available from a website for those who want to use them to illustrate numerical results. (You don't need to use the programs to enjoy the book.) Of course, further study will, at some point, require more math. But this book demonstrates how much can be explained with the simplest concepts, and would be worthwhile for someone to read before getting immersed in the higher math.
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Software IS available... 19 novembre 2011
Par somebody - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The software is (as of this writing) still available. Software details below for those that want them (hopefully saves you searching like I did); it is not at all obvious that the software is a major requirement to enjoy the book, though.

Be aware that the website for the book also has a PDF of solutions to the problems, which is great for someone doing self-study.

Also, I have not read that much of the book yet, but it is a quality item and a good read so far - well typeset, pictures, 400+ pages of fairly small print (but not too massive to read in bed), good binding, unlike many expensive physics texts these days. I am giving this 5 stars just to balance out the other review that dinged it due to the software link being broken - the book is 8 years old, the SW is free & not put out by the publisher, Schutz has moved institutions; it's not reasonable to hate on the guy for not having the links all straight.

FYI, while the math may be accessible to a high-schooler, the writing style is more in the style of a standard undergrad physics text. It would need to be a pretty advanced, self-motivated high school student (at least by US standards) to get through much of this for that reasons, despite the math being only algebra.

As to the software, it's called `triana', and is some sort of java front end. In fact, the idea seems to be that one might use this as an opportunity to teach oneself (or ones' students) java by messing with the code if you want... which actually seems like a very nice idea. Anyway, Most of what you need can be found at the book's website, but all the links to the main software package itself are broken - don't get you even close to a place you could find it. Amazon usually seems to delete all typed links, so I will try to enter them below in a way that won't get trashed by a `bot: w^3 should be obvious, dd means "dot", ss means forward slash. They are:

Book: w^3 dd gravityfromthegroundup dd org
This link has color images, the PDF of the problem solutions, etc.

w^3 dd gravityfromthegroundup dd org ss programs ss index dd html
this is java code, help files, descriptions of everything (actually, code is nicely documented). Probably worth downloading it all in case it goes away. WORTH BOOKMARKING for later use.

w^3 dd trianacode dd org ss gettingstarted dd html
the actual triana software place; this page has directions. Note: I got the SW (see below), extracted it, put it in a folder as specified on c drive, used set TRIANA=C:\triana at the command prompt, and then ran the `triana app snapshot' executable jar file without doing any of the other things I was supposed to do, and it works fine. So consider just extracting the files, putting them where you want, & running that file - ignore everything else. Seems like the SW no longer requires a full build on your own. *** the version I used already had the toolboxes installed - no need to download those separately either. Ironically, except for the broken links, things have gotten EASIER re: SW install.

w^3 dd trianacode dd org ss triana4 ss download ss
parent dir for the code. I used the triana-4.0.0 zip, since it didn't require a lot of mucking about with tar files or gzips. Easy as pie on Win 7. Nb: this version didn't seem to have the source for the java, but that is in the help pages listed in the 1st link above under "Software". NB#2: You MUST have java installed before doing all this. Most people do, but if not search for `java', download, & install it first.

Last notes: when you run triana, you get a program window with an "Untitled1" subwindow with nothing in it. To get started:
- open the `gftgu' folder on the left side (gftgu = title of the book...)
- drag `cannontrajectory' over to the grey `Untitled1' window & drop it there
- open the `output' folder on the left side
- drag `SGTGrapher' over to the `Untitled1' window
- if it doesn't happen automatically, left-click on the little black tab on the `cannontrajectory' box, and drag a connector to the tab on the `SGTGrapher' box.
- right click each box, and click on the `properties' tab to open the control and graph windows
- when changing parameters here, click `apply', not `OK' - the latter closes the windows.
- click `run' (or the "play" button on the toolbar for the main window). A plot will appear in the graph window.
- Nb: this plot never seems to change when you change parameters... unless you uncheck the `x-autoscale' and `y-autoscale' in the graph window :)

From there you'll have the idea. The help files available at the 1st link under `Software' above seem sort of necessary to understand some of the modules, and `F1' does not bring up help on my triana install, so that page is worth bookmarking.

All in all, pretty easy to deal with, though - the instructions above make it sound a lot harder than it actually is.
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